Friday, July 06, 2007

Who Is In Charge at Home?

A press release about a study that finds wives have greater power in marriage problem-solving behavior landed in my e-box this morning, and I'm still trying to puzzle through what -- if anything -- this says about modern marriage. But it's interesting, and I wanted to pass it along.

The upshot is that researchers found that when it comes to addressing issues at home, women are the more dominant partner (which ran contrary to what the researchers expected). The researchers didn't have a good hypothesis for why they saw the power imbalance, and the press release, anyway, didn't break down the demographics enough to give a good feeling for whether some groups are more likely to see one partner take control. As always, I'd be curious to see whether work patterns had any effect.

At a minimum, I'm thrilled to see the researcher's initial hypothesis -- of male control over all aspects of the household -- was rejected.


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